SERMON

Joy

ALOITSD - Part 8

Joy

Rev. Tom Masterson

October 29, 2023

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Joy – Part 8
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Scripture

A Song of Ascents.

1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
    we were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
    and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then they said among the nations,
    “The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us;
    we are glad.

Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
    like streams in the Negeb!
Those who sow in tears
    shall reap with shouts of joy!
He who goes out weeping,
    bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
    bringing his sheaves with him.

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

1-3 It seemed like a dream, too good to be true,
    when God returned Zion’s exiles.
We laughed, we sang,
    we couldn’t believe our good fortune.
We were the talk of the nations—
    “God was wonderful to them!”
God was wonderful to us;
    we are one happy people.

4-6 And now, God, do it again—
    bring rains to our drought-stricken lives
So those who planted their crops in despair
    will shout “Yes!” at the harvest,
So those who went off with heavy hearts
    will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing.

Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson

Cántico de ascenso gradual.

1 Cuando el Señor hizo volver a los cautivos de Sión,
éramos como los que sueñan.
Entonces nuestra boca se llenó de risa,
y nuestra lengua de gritos de alegría;
entonces dijeron entre las naciones:
Grandes cosas ha hecho el Señor con ellos.
Grandes cosas ha hecho el Señor con nosotros;
estamos alegres.

Haz volver, Señor, a nuestros cautivos,
como las corrientes en el sur.
Los que siembran con lágrimas, segarán con gritos de júbilo.
Él que con lágrimas anda, llevando la semilla de la siembra,
en verdad volverá con gritos de alegría, trayendo sus gavillas.

Copyright © 1986, 1995, 1997 by The Lockman Foundation

Sermon Notes

  1. Recall Past Joy.  v. 1-2 
    • Remember God’s Faithfulness.  v. 1 
      • The Ways He Has Restored
      • The Ways He Has Blessed.  
    • Remember God’s Goodness.  v. 2 
      • Express Your Gratitude
      • Show Who God Is
  2. Savor Present Joy.  v. 3 
    • Lean Into The Eternal God.  
      • Stop Looking To Dying Souls. 
      • Turn To The Living God.  
    • Return To The Well
      • He Is The God Of Grace.  
      • He Is The God Of Joy
  3. Anticipate Future Joy.  v. 4-6 
    • Pray To The Eternal God.  v. 4 
      • Long For Renewal.  
      • Thirst For Fulfillment
    • Look Beyond The Current Reality.  v. 5 
      • Give Him Your Tears.  
      • Expect Him To Bring Joy Out Of Sadness. 
    • Claim The Abundance Of His Blessing.  v. 6 
      • Hopefully In This Life
      • Definitely For Eternity

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